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What Skills Does a Band Manager Need?

By December 19, 2012

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Do you feel an overwhelming need to to tell your musician friends to get out of bed, practice, get to their shows and interviews on time, and so on and so forth? Then band management may be for you! The relationship between the band and the manager is a pretty major one. Whether bands and managers decide to be BFFs and barely take a breath without alerting each other or the relationship is more of a professional camaraderie, one thing has to exist for said relationship to be fruitful: complete and utter trust and a shared vision (OK, two things).

As a manager, it helps to have a healthy list of contacts and existing music biz relationships, but if you're just starting out, that's not a deal breaker. Those contacts will come in time, provided you do your job well. Instead, ask yourself if you have these band manager skills. If you think you may just have those talents on lock, here are some things to look for in a band to manage.

Musicians, what about management from your perspective? Check out Four Myths about Music Management and How Much Experience Does My Manager Need?.


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